Oceano man arrested after leading officers on chase in stolen RV

May 17, 2020

Photo by Jason Brock

An Oceano man is in jail with his bail set at $50,000 following an auto theft, a chase through South County, and a standoff on Saturday morning.

At 8:31 a.m., Pismo Beach police overheard a pursuit on the radio: Arroyo Grande police were chasing a large recreational vehicle headed towards the beach on Grand Avenue. Arroyo Grande officers gave up the chase after the RV headed north on Highway 1.

Pismo Beach police then took over the pursuit as the RV went the wrong way on one-way streets and swerved into oncoming traffic. Officers gave up the chase after the RV turned onto Cave Landing Drive, but later found the vehicle near Fat Cats Restaurant in Avila Beach.

After a brief standoff, 24-year-old Randall Cox of Oceano crawled out of the RV through a roof hatch and surrendered to officers. Officers determined the RV had been stolen on Friday from a victim in Oceano.

Officers booked Cox into the San Luis Obispo County Jail on charges of evading officers, receiving stolen property and violating probation.


I don’t condone any of this, but if you’re going to boost a vehicle as a convicted felon, and you’re already familiar with this area, why in the world would you even navigate the town that dead ends at the ocean? Probably drugs. But still, the dying question: will he be released without bail since this wasn’t a violent offense?

Francesca Bolognini

Good question. I would tend to side with the fact hat he was recklessly endangering the public with a potentially lethal weapon and would tend to want him out of circulation. I understand that being incarcerated at this time could be much more dangerous for himself than usual, but someone that willing to put innocent citizens at risk does not exactly deserve extended concern for his own well being and possibly repeat offence. He is also, without question, a flight risk.

Would prefer to see him out of circulation. Not a fan of “bail”, which is, in my mind, a form of corruption that negates equal justice under the Law in favor of those with more substantial financial resources.